Sunday, November 6, 2016

Countdown to Christmas with Julie and Blu

Christmas Countdown
I am struggling with an OCD Thanksgiving.  I know this sounds absolutely insane but I am having such a hard time getting into my Thanksgiving spirit this week.  I was sooooo excited last week just to have the crushing blow that my favorite (and almost only) Thanksgiving decorations have gone MIA!  I think it is safe to assume that there hasn't been some criminal stealthily going through our house and closet to only steal a couple glass pumpkins and a candle.  So I am still holding out some hope that they are in this house somewhere.  My hyper organized husband has looked through every closet and the garage to no effect :(

These things were so darn expensive so I bought them a couple years ago as a treat but there is no way I can just replace them...

APB: Amber Glass, Simple pumpkin form, 6" x 4" (estimate) last seen on glass table.  Usually travels in pairs.  If seen please contact 123-456-7890

Today I have decided to bypass my usual collection of autumn favorites to move right into the bright red and greens of Christmas.  Bah Humbug on T-Day! Show your face you cowardly Pumpkins!... Puff, Puff... Breathe Colleen just Breathe it will be OK

My Favorites from the shops in this week's Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 8
Oval Red Green Seed Bead Christmas Earrings Surgical Steel Wires

Oval red and green Christmas earrings were made with glass seed beads and jeweler's wire shaped by hand into ovals. Earrings have surgical steel earring wires. Surgical steel wires are recommended for those who are allergic to nickel plating.

The earring ovals are approximately 1 inch (25mm) long and the earrings dangle from the earring wires 2 inches (5cm) long.

They are pretty and sparkly and perfect for the Christmas holidays. Or wear with any red or green outfit.
Diane's Dangles
Round Faceted Green Glass and Gold Beaded Holiday Christmas Bracelet

Elegant and stunning green and gold holiday bracelet. Made with round faceted glass green beads, gold plated round 10mm beads, hexagon tube glass tube beads are combined to make this rich colored bracelet that you can wear to your next holiday Christmas party.

* Bracelet is 7 inches with a 1 inch extender.
* Green Czech fire polished faceted round glass beads, 8mm and 10mm.
* Green glass hexagon tube beads, 13mm by 8mm.
* Gold plated round 10mm beads.
* Gold colored size 8 seed beads.
* Gold plated lobster claw clasp.
Green and Red Swarovski Christmas Earrings, Handmade Crystal Holiday Jewelry

Sure to add maximum holiday cheer on your ears, these gorgeous Swarovski crystal emerald green and siam red handmade earrings were designed in the shape of sparkling Christmas tree ornaments.  Wear the handmade earrings to work, wear them to a party or wear them on relaxing weekends with friends and family, the glittering GREEN CHRISTMAS ornament earrings will quickly become favorite holiday jewelry.  Carefully designed and created by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, these sparkling beauties are a "must have" for the Christmas holiday season.
  • Swarovski crystals cubes: emerald green; 8 mm
  • Swarovski crystal bicones:  emerald green; 4 mm
  • Swarovski crystal roundelles: siam red; 5 mm; silver plated metal
  • Roundelle metal:  silver plated
  • Other metals:  sterling silver
  • Length:  app. 1.75" / 4.4 cm from the top curve of the earwire 

Glossy Transparent Sage Green Lampwork Glass Beads Shiny 019g

Glossy transparent sage green glass handmade lampwork beads with a shiny bead finish sra

These beautiful green beads are hand made using transparent sage green glass. They are a beautiful deep darker green. These glossy transparent beads have a shiny glass bead finish.
  • Quantity: 1 bead
  • Measurements: 10-11mm x 7mm
  • Mandrel size: 1/16
  • Hole size approximately 2mm
Also available in a 3/32 mandrel - about a 2.5mm hole. If you prefer 3/32mm mandrel, let me know or you will automatically receive beads made on a 1/16mm mandrel.

Red Bead Wire Weave Earrings, a pop of color to stand out in a crowd!

Opaque Red Round Japanese Seed Beads and Beadalon German Style Wire assembled together created these beautiful earrings. They are approx. 2 inches long from top of ear wire and 1 ¼ inch wide.

The red seed beads are size 8 and they are very bright.
The wire is 26 gauge nickle free silver plated.

These handmade Red Bead Wire Weave Earrings would be great for any occasion you want to add some pizazz to your wardrobe and they would make a great gift for a friend.
Christmas Multi Gemstone Double Wrap Tan Leather Bracelet

Holiday inspired with a modern twist. I have modified the popular Chan Luu style bracelet adding a Christmas mix of colored gemstones. I have used Russian serpentine, latte quartz and ruby quartz. Each gemstone has been carefully hand sewn onto tan leather cord using bright red C-Lon beading thread. To finish off the bracelet I used a silk wrapping technique with gold C-Lon beading thread. The button is an awesome waffle design of hammered antique brass created by TierraCast. When I look at it I am reminded of a waffle cone. TierraCast products are only produced in the United States. They have a strong reputation for quality and design. I have lovingly called this piece "Grandma's Christmas Cookie".

This bracelet is meant to wrap around your wrist two times. It is made to fit a 7 to 7 1/2 inch wrist. Make sure you measure to ensure a good fit. Measure your wrist by using a flexible measuring tape, measure just above (towards elbow) the wrist bone, then add 1/4" to 1 " (1/2" is average) depending on how tight you like your bracelets to fit. That is the size bracelet you would wear. These bracelets cannot be re-sized. Mix and match your bracelets and stack them according to today's fashion style trends.

Take care not to immerse this bracelet in water and it can cause the leather to stiffen.

*2mm tan coated leather cord
*6mm faceted Russian serpentine stones
*6mm faceted ruby quartz stones
*6mm faceted latte quartz stones
*13x20mm TierraCAst antique brass hammertone button
*C-Lon D red beading thread
*C-Long gold beading thread
Handmade Statement Necklace, Pearl Gemstone Jasper Jewelry Set, Nature Inspired Boho Necklace, Bohemian Jewelry, Matching Carnelian Earrings

This nature-inspired statement necklace features peacock jasper, freshwater pearls, rainforest jasper, faceted carnelian, and sterling silver beads. It is the third in a series of handmade necklaces inspired by a small local pond that I particularly love. Its focals are lovely peacock jasper coin beads, each one a unique color mix of greens, orange-brown, cream, and gray. They are complemented by the freshwater pearls, which are off-white in color and brightly glossy, and the faceted carnelians (around 8mm in size). The latter are especially pretty when their facets catch the light, and their warm orange color tone really brings out the warmth in the peacock jasper focals. The rainforest jasper (8mm, 6mm) offers various shades of green and contributes to the necklace's elegantly earthy quality. Smooth uncut carnelian rounds (6mm) were used here as well.

This necklace also includes many sterling silver components, including daisy spacers, rondelles, round beads (3mm, 2mm), heavy-duty crimps, crimp covers, wire guards, jump rings, and an "S" clasp. All of these components were made in either the USA or Italy, with the exception of the clasp, which was made in Bali (Indonesia).
Recycled Wine Bottle Trivet with Embossed Butterfly, Handmade Fused Art Glass

A recycled green wine bottle has been flattened and embossed with a beautiful butterfly pattern to create this unique trivet. A fun serving piece to use at your next party - it could be used as a hot plate, coaster or even a serving platter for cheese or other appetizers. The top of this wine bottle trivet has a textured surface that is imprinted with a pretty butterfly scene.

This would also make a unique handmade gift idea for the host or hostess that loves to entertain or for the wine lover. Instead of bringing a bottle of wine to the next party, just slip this in a wine bag and it is ready to go.

The trivet measures approximately 12 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches at its widest and longest points.

All of my items are handmade in my Roswell, Georgia, USA studio. This piece is available now for immediate shipment.
Christmas Time on The Magnificent Mile Macy's In Chicago Gray Ornaments Hanging from Ceiling Photography Wall hanging Wall Art Fine Art

Photograph titled "Christmas on The Magnificent Mile" will be a beautiful wall hanging for the Christmas Holiday. The giant Gray ornaments hung from the top of Macy's ceiling is breath taking. Walking the Magnificent Mile has always made me get into the Christmas Spirit. Up to 16 x 24 inches (also offered in additional sizes up to 30 x 40 inches as a custom order) if you are looking for specific sizes please email me.

Photograph taken in Chicago Ilinois

Printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster

Each photograph will include a certificate with my signature and short description of the subject and location of the image

Green Irish Girl donning Holly Leaves & Berries for Christmas framed with Mistletoe Vintage Postcard

Beautiful green vintage postcard with a portrait of a little girl (looks Irish because of all the green) encircled by a wreath of mistletoe tied at the bottom with a red bow.
  • Type: Divided back
  • Size: Standard Vintage 3 1/2 x 5 1/2
  • Publisher NA
  • Printer: NA
  • Artist: Unknown
  • Series: 47H
  • Print Year: 1909 based on postage
  • Postage: 1 Cent Franklin
  • Cancellation: Brooklin Iowa Dec 24 1909
  • KillStrike: Railroad
Special Features: Christmas
Place/Subject/Quote: From Front: "With Fond Christmas Wishes"
Grade: 3
Christmas Earrings for Women, Angel Earrings, Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, Red Earrings, Handcrafted Jewelry, Gold Earrings, Gift for Mom

These Christmas earrings for women will put you in the holiday mood! The angel earrings are made with red Lucite flowers, green Swarovski crystals and gold plate wings. They are 2 inches long and are connected to gold filled ear wires. They are very light weight so you can wear them for extended periods of time.

Materials I used in the earrings:

-Swarovski crystals - 6 and 8 mm, round, emerald green
-Lucite flowers - 1.25 inches, red, trumpet shape
-Swarovski crystal rondells - 4 mm, gold with clear crystals
-Gold plate wings - 14 mm
-Gold filled ear wires - fish hook style
-Gold plate head pins

These earrings are designed and handmade by me, Sharon, of Blonde Peach Jewelry. They will arrive in an attractive organza bag that is great for storage or gift giving.
Decorative Thumbtacks, Large Pushpins, Giant Thumbtacks, Corkboard Pushpins, Decorative Pushpins

Handmade Thumbtacks for Bulletin Boards

Type: Decorative Pushpins
Stock: PP-2014-01
Blue Morning Expressions
Red Flower Giant Pushpins Thumbtacks for Corkboards

These handmade red flower pushpins are filled with leaves and flowers in autumn colors. Each pin has a brown wood colored base that I added the green leaves and red flowers to in order to get these tacks. They are a one of a kind set, and when they are gone, I will not be remaking a set like this again.

Why have a boring office cubicle when you can decorate the walls with giant pushpins? These large thumbtacks are a perfect way to hold memos, notes to the boss, recipes, scorecards or anything else you need to pin to your bulletin board.
Majestic Butterflies (2016)

Artist's description:
Her heart slowed as she looked at the majestic butterflies,
roaming around the giant palm tree leaves.

Materials used:
Original watercolor painting on highest quality 140 lb cold press, acid-free,100% cotton fiber paper Canvas,each sheet has two deckle edges. Shipped carefully in Heavy duty cardboard mailing tubes with tight slip caps at both ends reinforced plastic edges

Cell Phone Purse Crossbody Bag Mobile Phone Pouch OOAK Medium Size Cross Body Handbag Hip Bag - "Tuscannette" - Inside Pocket - Fashion Bag

Cell or Mobile Phone Purse
Medium Sized Crossbody Handbag

Great size to carry all the essentials.
Holds a cell/mobile phone or small camera, keys and a card or a few to bring along.
Perfect for hands free shopping, strolling, sight seeing, whatever!
The rich colours of these upholstery samples are reminiscent of Tuscan reds, greens, tans, burgundy and brown, and so these purses are named "Tuscannette".

The purses are medium sized with outside zipper pocket, lined with inside pocket, and cross body straps.

They are each one of a kind and cannot be duplicated due to using at least two different rich fabric upholstery samples for each purse.

Gently remove stains by blotting or handwashing. Do not use excessive brushing or rubbing.

Vintage Lace Trim
Snap Closure
The exterior of the bag is approximately 6" x 8" (15 cm x 21 cm) not including the strap.
The interior is approximately 5.5" x 7.5" (13.5 cm x 19.5 cm)
Christmas Stripes and Dots Dog Scrunchie Neck Ruffle

Festively whimsical in fresh shades of lime, sage and holly greens with red and white accents. For dogs, cats and other small pets.

Slips easily over the head - does not attach to the collar.
Size is based on your pet's actual neck circumference.
Made of cotton quilting weight fabric and elastic. Machine wash and tumble dry.
Each scrunchie neck ruffle is made to order and usually is ready to ship 2-4 days after payment is received - please allow 7-10 days during the holiday season.

Please measure your pet's neck carefully and select a size closest to the nearest whole inch before adding this item to your shopping cart. About 1/2 to 1 inch larger than the neck measurement is enough to wear the ruffle comfortably.
Candy Cane Christmas Ornament Handmade From Walnut Wood By KevsKrafts

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If you or someone you know loves candy canes then this candy cane Christmas ornament is the perfect gift to get for yourself or the special friend.

This candy cane Christmas ornament was cut out by hand ( Handmade ) from Walnut wood and features a candy cane with a ribbon bow . This was finished with a homemade non-toxic natural beeswax and mineral oil mixture which enhances the woods natural beauty. A various color fabric ribbon was attached for ease of displaying this on your Christmas tree.

* Measures Approximately 3.75 inch diameter
* Made From Walnut Wood
* Non-Toxic Natural Beeswax & Mineral oil finish
* Various Color Fabric Ribbon For Ease Of Hanging
* Ships In Clear Top Gift Box As Shown In Photos For Easy Gift Giving
** When you give a Christmas ornament as a Gift.. You create a life long memory to that person and they will think of your kindness every year while decorating their Christmas tree. It is almost as if your saying Merry Christmas to them every year while the family decorates the tree for the holiday festivities.
Long Winter Crochet Scarf - Wine Red Clusters on Pine Green - 63 Inches Long - Handmade Adult Soft and Warm Scarf

Festive Winter Accessory Handmade by RSS Designs In Fiber:
63 Inch Long Crochet Scarf with Wine Red Clusters in Pine Green - Hand-Crocheted with so-Soft Caron Simply Soft Yarn Double-Strand for Warmth.

The Wine Red Clusters go the full length of the Scarf in the middle of Pine Green - see the 2nd Photo!

The Crochet Scarf is 63 Inches Long and 4 Inches Wide - somewhat thick as it is Crocheted Double-Strand Worsted Weight - doing it Double Strand makes it Chunky - but the Scarf can be wrapped around the neck, which will be quite Warm!

The way it is stitched - the Pine Green Section is a solid panel and the Red Clusters add Texture and additional thickness - it is a Solid Fabric and therefore will Protect the Wearer from Cold and Wind!!

-- And the Red and Green are a Bright Winter and Holiday Theme!

You may find a matching Crochet Hat in the Hat Section of this Shop. The 4th Photo shows the Scarf with a matching Cap or Hat.


KatsAllThat Artisan Jewelry said...

Thank you for featuring my holiday wrap bracelet in this lovely collection of gift ideas. Will be sharing.

CraftingMemories1 said...

Beautiful selections! Thank you for including my earrings. Shared all.

Connie Morilak said...

Such pretty selections! Thank you for showing my Christmas seed bead earrings! Will share.

Blonde Peach Jewelry said...

Thank you so much Colleen for including my Christmas angel earrings in your post! Promoting.

DianesDangles said...

Thank you for including my bracelet in your Christmas blog, will share.

PrettyGonzo said...

Fabulous picks, Colleen! Thanks for this extra promo, and for including my jasper necklace earrings jewelry set. :) Will be sharing!

ShadowDogDesigns said...

I do hope your pumpkins are found, Colleen! Bummer to not be able too find favorite decorations ): Many thanks for this blog post of such Christmas cheerfulness! And thanks for including my earrings. Will share the post everywhere and pin the items. Thanks again.

ennadoolf said...

I'm trying to think of where those pumpkins might be....under a bed? Behind the pots and pans? Beside the washer or dryer? Or above them? Hidden under the extra towels? I hope they appear!
Thank you for including my crossbody purse in your selections!

Donna SewAmazin said...

I'll bet those pumpkins will show up on November 25th! One thing is for sure, you'll find them in the last place you look. ;-)

Thank you for including Penny and our Christmas Stripes & Dots Scrunchie in your post - It's beginning to feel like Christmas already! Will be sharing :-)

Julie l. Cleveland said...

Thank you so much for including my red flower pushpins in this post. I hope those rascally pumpkins show up in time for dinner! If I were a pumpkin, where would I hide? ....

Shared everywhere

ResetarGlassArt said...

I hope you've found your Thanksgiving decorations by now - usually when I can't find something I remember where it is in the middle of the night! Thank you for including my fused glass bottle art in your lovely blog. Have shared -

Ruth Sandra Sperling of RSS Designs In Fiber said...

I too hope you find your MIA Thanksgiving Decor! You put together some very nice Red and Green for both the Holidays - and any time (I like Red and Green all year LOL). Thanks for including my Red and Green Crocheted Scarf.